AIA 2013: Top Ten Lessons of Leadership by General Colin Powell

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“It’s not where you start in life, it’s where you end up and all the places you went in between.” – General

For the closing keynote speaker of the stimulating, three-day “Building Leaders” convention in Colorado, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) selected one of America’s most admired public figures to share wisdom and insight to becoming a great leader.

General Colin L. Powell, a first-generation American born from Jamaican immigrants in 1937, is the epitome of the American dream. Starting life in the South Bronx, Powell paved his way to becoming a highly respected, four-star general in the United States Army and the first African American to serve as Secretary of State. A natural storyteller, Powell effortlessly captivated the audience of architects with a series of experiences and lessons he had learned throughout his lifetime of service.

General Colin Powell’s top ten lessons of leadership after the break…

‘Redesigning Detroit: A New Vision for an Iconic Site’ Competition Entry / H Architecture

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The Incubator Matrix: Live/Work/Play proposal for the Redesigning : A New Vision for an Iconic Site competition consists of a facility for a new industrial ecosystem to revitalize downtown . Designed by H Architecture, their design is a live/work station for high-tech start-up companies and creative young artists to continuously challenge each other and spark innovation. More images and architects’ description after the break.

‘Far Rockaway: Accommodating Nature’ – MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas Winning Proposal / archedesign

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The ‘Far : Accommodating Nature’ proposal by archedesign for the MOMA PS1 Rockaway Call for Ideas accommodates nature, instead of fighting it. Selected as one of the winning entries, the concept both creates a more fluid connection between the urban neighborhood and the surrounding water, and helps to minimize future environmental damage.  It does this by re-purposing the concrete structures remaining from the dilapidated boardwalk, and creating pathways that will channel surge water to flow between the ocean and the bay. More images and architects’ description after the break.

‘Densify’ Discussion at the Center for Architecture

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Presented by AIA New York, the Densify discussion is set to take place June 26th from 6:45pm-8:30pm EST at the Center for Architecture. The event looks at proposals for Manhattan’s Midtown East, that could significantly increase land use intensity at Manhattan’s densest urban core, and Micro-housing that will significantly decrease the allowable dwelling size in New York City. The program will also include interviews with the Renzo Piano Building Workshop on high-rise mix-use development in London, focusing on the Shard, and comparisons between Micro-housing in NYC and Asian precedents. For more information, please visit here.

Virgin Atlantic EWR Clubhouse / Slade Architecture

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Architects: Slade Architecture
Location: airport (EWR), 3 Brewster Road, , NJ 07114, USA
Principals: Hayes Slade, James Slade
Design Team: Tian Gao, Kristina Kesler, Magda Stoenescu, David Iseri, Rasmus Kristensen, Ana Lopis, Allesandro Perinelli, Garrett Pruter
Client: Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd.
Collaborators: Virgin Atlantic In-House Design
Mep Engineers: ADS Engineers Ambrosino, Depinto & Schmieder
Structural Engineers: Gilsanz Murray Steficek LLP
Quantity Surveyor: PT Projects – Peter Turvey
Lighting Design: Focus Lighting
Kitchen Consultant: Next Step Design
Contractor: Shawmut Design and Construction
Millwork: Allegheny Millwork
Area: 500.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Anton Stark, Courtesy of

‘Redesigning Detroit: A New Vision for an Iconic Site’ Winning Proposal / Davide Marchetti Architetto

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Davide Marchetti Architetto shared with us his first prize winning proposal, titled ‘Minicity ,’ for the Redesigning : A New Vision for an Iconic Site competition. Utilizing the surrounding urban fabric as the generator for a new vision of the city, their concept directly responds to the site and its place in the city by bringing the existing physical form and history into the site. More image and architect’s description after the break.

First Presbyterian Church / Frank Harmon Architect

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Architects: Frank Harmon Architect
Location: 112 South Salisbury Street, , NC 27601, USA
Collaborators: Lappas + Havener
Area: 24000.0 ft2
Year: 2012
Photographs: Richard Leo Johnson

‘Renzo Piano Building Workshop: Fragments’ Exhibition

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Taking place June 27 – August 2, Gagosian Gallery, in collaboration with Renzo Piano Foundation and generously supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, ‘Fragments’ is an exhibition of more than thirty years of architectural projects by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Equal parts library reading room, school classroom, and natural history gallery, the exhibition consists of twenty-four tabletop displays of scale models, drawings, photographs, and video. Each tells the involved, inspiring story of the design process of a single building, from museums, libraries, and airports to private residences. More information on the exhibition after the break.

UCLA Outpatient Surgery and Oncology Center / Michael W. Folonis Architects

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Architects: Michael W. Folonis Architects
Location: 1223 16th Street, , CA 90404, USA
Project Architect: Rudy Gonzalez
Design Team: James Kersten, Tommy Johnson
Area: 50000.0 ft2
Photographs: Tom Bonner

Linda Farrow + BOFFO Building Fashion 2013 Competition

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BOFFO, with eyewear brand Linda Farrow, just launched their latest Building Fashion competition which asks participants to design and build a temporary store in City for the iconic eyewear brand. Exploring the intersection of architecture and fashion through integrated store and exhibition design, a shipping container, near City’s Meatpacking district, will be redesigned inside and out providing a unique glimpse into the work of vibrant and acclaimed designers. This third annual installation series aims to once again push the limits of temporary architecture and the language of retail design.

BOFFO Building Fashion will also showcase design installations that push the limits of temporary architecture and retail spaces through fashion and architecture collaborations. The installations will be open to the public December 4-24. The deadline for project submissions is July 14. For more information, please visit here. Check out their video after the break.

Shortlist Announced for U.S. Embassy in Beirut

The Department of State’s Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) has shortlisted six design teams for the new U.S. in Beirut, Lebanon. The project is part of OBO’s Excellence in Diplomatic Facilities initiative in which seeks to provide safe and functional facilities that represent the best in American architecture.

Although the thirty-nine firms who responded to the challenge all presented a “high level of design excellence, innovative site and landscape designs, and strong sustainability experience,” only these six practices will make it through to the second round:

J2 Residence / assemblageSTUDIO

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Architects: assemblageSTUDIO
Location: , Nevada, USA
Area: 12,000 sqft
Year: 2011
Photographs: Bill Timmerman

6970+ Revitalization Project Competition Entry / Op.N

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Proposing a connective and activated public realm for the two blocks of Sixty Nine and Seventy in , this design by Op.N for the ‘SixtyNine-Seventy, The Spaces Between‘ competition focuses on three main strategies: connectivity, activation of open and residual spaces, and extension of use. While there are a number of formal connections to and from various parts of the site, a series of informal connection have also been created based on ease of movement and access, possessing an embedded intelligence which needs to be considered. More images and architects’ description after the break.

‘Redesigning Detroit: A New Vision for an Iconic Site’ Competition Entry / Various Architects

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The mission in the proposal, titled ‘The Grand Opening,’ for the Redesigning Detroit: A New Vision for an Iconic Site competition is to create a vision for a 24/7 timeless, vibrant and walk-able urban neighborhood in downtown with a catalytic impact on the retail activities of Woodward Avenue Corridor.  Designed by Chung Whan Park, Terry Park, Jeong Jun Song, Hyuntek Yoon and Kyung Jae Yu, The Grand Opening will connect the different contexts of the existing urban settings and bring every hour of excitement, crowd and memorable identity to the street life of downtown Detroit. More images and architects’ description after the break.

‘FitNation’ Exhibition

Red Swing Project / University of Texas at Austin Architecture Students / © Blake Gordon

From Brooklyn to the Bronx, from San Antonio to Cincinnati, communities and organizations across the United States are tackling heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and other chronic diseases with a dose of powerful medicine: active design. Organized by AIA New York, with the Center for Architecture, their groundbreaking ‘FitNation‘ exhibition. brings together for the first time 33 projects in 15 states and the District of Columbia that showcase the ways design, policy, and grassroots strategies are promoting physical activity as part of daily life. The event began this week and concludes on August 8. More images and information on the exhibition after the break.

Facades+ Performance Workshop

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Presented by The Architect’s Newspaper and enclos, Mode Lab recently announced their upcoming Facades+ Performance Symposium in taking place July11-12. The event consists of hands-on instruction by industry experts in a small, one-on-one, classroom setting. These workshops will provide professionals and academics with the skills and knowledge to work with cutting edge technologies in a fast-paced and intensive environment. The workshop will explore the use of Grasshopper, Firefly and Arduino as creative and technical tools in the design, simulation and prototyping of intelligent building skins. For more information, please visit here.

Manhattan Court Residence / Hanna Gabriel Wells Architects

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Architects: Hanna Gabriel Wells Architects
Location: , , USA
Design Team: James Gabriel, Chris Johns, Adrienne Gabriel
Area: 4,320 sqft
Year: 2009
Photographs: Larry Stanley

‘Reimagining Lincoln Center and the High Line’ Film Screening

Taking place this Thursday, June 20th, at 7:00pm EST, Van Alen Books welcomes Diller Scofidio + Renfro for a film screening of ’Reimagining Lincoln Center and the High Line.’ The 54-minute documentary offers insights into the firm’s history, completed projects, and unique process of re-imagining the public identities of two major urban spaces. The film includes commentary from the architects as well as interviews with City planning commissioner Amanda Burden, as well as several critics and theorists. Before the film, Liz Diller and Ric Scofidio will join directors Muffie Dunn and Tom Piper for a conversation about their work, moderated by VAI executive director David Van der Leer. More more information on the event, please visit here.